North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan has said a proposed constitutional amendment which would ban gay marriage in the state could lead to job losses.

Voters will decide on Amendment One during North Carolina's May 8 primary. The constitutional amendment would bar the state from recognizing the relationships of gay and lesbian couples with marriage, civil unions and possibly domestic partnerships.

“Jobs are my number one priority and we cannot afford to take our eye off the ball and give businesses a reason to grow and expand elsewhere instead of right here in North Carolina,” Kagan said in a video recorded for Protect All North Carolina Families, the umbrella group working to defeat the proposal.

“We have seen and heard from business leaders across North Carolina who are worried about our ability to compete with states that are not passing such divisive amendments. We are in a hyper competitive struggle with states around the country to recruit jobs.”

“In this competitive environment we simply cannot afford to pass Amendment One.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Republican Senator Richard Burr, North Carolina's senior senator, has not spoken directly on the amendment, but he has previously supported an amendment to the Constitution which would define marriage as a heterosexual union.

(Related: North Carolina marriage ban lead cut in half over 6 months.)